ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- University of Florida sports information director John Humenik, one of the founders of the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame whose work on behalf of the Academic All-America teams and other educational programs in college sports has spanned 20 years, will be given the Dick Enberg Award at tonight's GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Mahaffey Theater.
The award was established in honor of NBC sportscaster Dick Enberg, who will present this year's award to Humenik, and is given annually to "a person whose actions and commitments have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America programs and/or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics." Enberg, spokesman for the GTE Academic All-America program and host for the Hall of Fame ceremonies, received the inaugural award at last year's event in Los Angeles.
"I can't think of a more deserving person to receive this award," Enberg said. "The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) organization is the backbone behind the entire Academic All-America program, and on behalf of GTE, I am thrilled to be able to honor John for all his hard work and dedication over the last 20 years."
Humenik is a 1974 graduate of Clarion (Pa.) University, where he was one of 10 business administration students nationwide to be selected during his senior year for a student-achievement award by The Wall Street Journal. He received his MBA from Clarion in 1975 while serving as the school's sports information director. He also worked as the SID at Princeton and Michigan before moving to the University of Florida in 1982, where he currently is the assistant athletic director/sports information. In 1994 he became the youngest person to receive the Arch Award, CoSIDA's highest honor which recognizes someone who has made "an outstanding contribution to the field of sports information and athletic public relations." During his 16 years in Gainesville, the school's sports information office has won more than 40 "Best in the Nation" citations for its publications.
Humenik and his wife, Lee-Ann, live in Gainesville, Florida.